A few months back I decided to buy out a vehicle that I had a lease for.
I sent a check to the finance company managing the lease, and after many shenanigans, 2.5 months later I received their title in the mail with the assignment to me.
After I had purchased the car from them, late april or so, when I got confirmation that the lease was paid off, I took the car to a dealership from the same manufacturer and 'sold' them the car.
Only, they did not pay me for the car. I gave them the car and we filled out the paperwork, but they said they couldn't pay me until I get the title from the leasing company and am able to sign it.
Months later, I now finally have the title. However, it's in the leasing company's name and is 'assigned' to me on the back... And my understanding is that I need to go to the DMV, get a new title in MY name, and then I can sign it over to the dealership.
The problem is, the reason I was selling the car in the first place is that I moved to, and still live in, Mexico.
The DMV's around where this dealership is - Humble, TX, near Houston - are all appointment-only, and are booked up through next week.
I flew in to pick up this title that was mailed out to a PO box of mine from the leasing company, and won't be here long enough to get an appointment at the DMV to get a copy of the title in my name.
My question(s) is/are...
- Can I give the dealership I sold the car to, the existing copy of the title that just has me listed on the 'assigned to' section, and can they handle it from there? I'm assuming no
- Is there any way I can authorize someone else to go handle the title transfer paperwork for me? Is there perhaps a service anyone knows of that can do this?
- If neither of the above... Am I stuck just flying back here again, internationally, when I can get a DMV appointment?